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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 35
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Faro |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly

(Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002)
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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Lindeman's bottle into a tasting glass. A rich amber in color with a bit of head.

Smell: Aroma of Belgian candi sugar sweetness, tinge of sour vinegar as well.

Taste: Follows the nose, a tart sourness with some vinegar and sugar interacting. Ends up much like a good dry cider. Very sweet and very odd. An unblended lambic with a good deal of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp enough with a lingering acidity.

Drinkability: Interesting beer here from Lindemans. A rare style with only a few examples, all from Belgium. If you are a fan of sours, I would recommend this.

Stinkypuss, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a clear copper body which was more on the red side...the head stood two fingers tall and was white in color...it didn't stick around for long and only left a few spots of lace behind

S - The nose was a bit muted and underwhelming but I did pick up notes of sour fruit, some vinegar, and the wild yeast

T - Now the flavors come together better than they were presented in the nose...the Bretts actually jump out first and present the wild yeast/farmhouse flavor but it's short lived...a slight tartness decides to settle in...you really pick up the fruitiness here...apples, pears, and cherries...once the fruit leaves you are presented with the sweet Belgian candied sugar and that finishes the beer

M - Light bodied...nice carbonation...mild tartness and sweetness

O - I've never had a Faro before, but I enjoyed this one...the Brett was kept to a minimum as well as the tartness...I was actually expecting more tartness and less sweetness...with the powering sweetness this one should be saved for dessert

thain709, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip sept7 2010

A clear deep amber with a thumbs width of light tan head that fizzes out pretty quick leaving a few patches of lace

S plenty of fruity vinegar with a little barnyard funk and some sweetness

T I pick up on a lot of strawberry among other fruit on top of what I smell, it almost has a bit of a off wine flavor that works well for some strange reason

M sour with some bite and plenty of bubbles and a lingering finish

D low booze and lots of flavor, quite interesting and a style I may need to research

It's always a challenge reviewing beer styles you've never tried before, but the only way to learn is to try. I'd drink this again it's something different to enjoy

wordemupg, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At last, Lindemans provides. The long search for a faro-styled beer comes to end for me. Now the fun part, the drinking of Lindemans Faro. On to the beer:

Orange amber colored with spectrum of different brigter colors. Depending on where the light shines, it ranges from yellow to lighter orange to a darker amber orange. That head doesn't stay around for very long. Unsure wat to expect in the nose, I get a sweet and sour aroma. Musty cork hits, then comes the wave of red wine vinegar. It's more sweet that sour.

Here's an odd couple that works: take three parts Flanders Red and one part gueuze. That may be heresy to some, but that's what this is like. Really sweet caramel makes up the base, a touch of sourness attempts to balance out the rest, but it remains sweet. In this case, I don't mind. Red wine vinegar flavor comes through, hold the acid. Fun to drink, although 12 ounces will be plenty.

A different way of doing lambic. Lindemans knows how to get their fruit lambics sweet, but perhaps it's appropraite that they make this unusual style.

DoubleJ, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of xylophonica
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 37,5cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Rich dark amber colour. Very little head.

S - Port and cherries.

T - Underlying sourness which is only just noticeable - fairly well masked by the sugar. Big cherry flavour with a sugar kicker. Almost a bier de garde but a bit sweeter.

M - Mild carbonation and fizz, probably closer to a dr pepper than a normal beer. Sweet and refreshing without doing an awful lot.

D - Easy to knock back..

xylophonica, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice.

Color is a clear caramel brown. Pours no head.

Aroma: Sweet and funky. Vinegar with light acidic flavors. It has an odd musk flavor to it. I kind of like it, but it is just weird.

Taste: It has a caramelized brown sugar sweetness flavor up front. Not as funky as I was expecting. Very sweet. I like it. It has the Lindeman's house flavor. Light vinegar flavors.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and then some. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, it is a beer that I have to be in the mode to drink. I think it could be drinkable in the right time and place. I have to give it a good score here as I do like it.

mothman, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of elchingen
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into champagne glass.

A: Dark copper color. Numerous very small carbonation bubbles peculating from bottom of glass. White head dissipated quickly. Lovely light lacing coated the glass with every sip taken.

S: Candied sugar, fruit basket of raspberry/cherry/sour apple/plum. Yeast & barnyard funk element.

T: Obvious sugar sweetness up front. Nice tartness tickling the tongue w/ sour cherry like fruit mixed with barnyard hay. Burnt sugar aftertaste, cleans up nicely leaving some cloying, but not a lot.

M: Rounded, carbonation tickles a bit. Sticky and a bit cloying.

O: Pretty sweet, but that is to be expected of this style, after all. I felt there was enough sour pull to go along with the sugars to keep it pretty pleasant and sessionable. Good partner with certain fruity tart like desserts, I'm sure. I'd have again.

elchingen, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of francisweizen
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Manekin Pis pub (on draught). This was served in its correct dimpled mug. A dark reddish liquid with a pink head of foam. The aromas are sweet, gueuze like, and very fruity with the candy sugar aromas really shining through. The taste is very sugary, with a bit of gueuze funk thrown in for good measure. This is a nice brew, but it is quite one-dimensional to me. The mouthfeel is smooth and full and the drinkability is good, but hindered by the sugary qualities of this brew. It's good to have one of these, but more than one would be a chore...

francisweizen, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of cyrenaica
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle
4.20% ABV

I tried this beer on February 29, 2008 at 'The Beer Bistro' in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent dark red with a thin white head. The aroma was fruity, with very little if any hints of malt or hops. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, and very champagne like. The flavour also had a champagne feel, and was very sweet with some subtle sour hints to balance out the sweetness.

cyrenaica, May 12, 2008
Photo of deebo
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First faro I've tried with the promise that a faro makes someone who has yet to embrace the sourness of most lambics like the flavor profile of these spontaneously fermented beers. Definitely has the characteristic sour, slightly funky wild microbe flavor of lambics but indeed finishes with a sugary sweetness. Finishes a bit like a sweet white wine. Definitely an approachable, easy to drink sessionable brew that although not overly complex has enough character to keep you interested.

deebo, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of r0nyn
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with fellow BA infi. Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a translucent, slightly hazy amber hue. Smallish white head that leaves a bit of loose lacing. Few thin lines of carbonation can be seen. Looks almost like a marzen, actually. Smell is... wow. Funky, funky funky. Sugary, tart and quite a bit of vinegar. Unlike anything I've smelled from a beer before. Not sure how I feel about it, but it's certainly interesting.

Starts off a bit on the sweetish side, but quickly transitions to a kind of tart, sour fruitiness with a fair bit of that advertised Belgian candi sugar. No malts, no hops, nothing that makes it like any other beer I've tried other than a bit of yeast and breadiness on the back end. Finishes with some subtle sourness that lingers very briefly into the almost non-extant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is almost like a soft drink, with effervescent bubbles spreading the sweetness around. Rounds off smooth, though, which is always a good thing.

Alcohol is pretty much a non-factor, so the drinkability is governed by how much you like the sour tartness and the soda-like mouthfeel. While it was certainly a different experience, I liked it. Might have to revisit it!

r0nyn, Sep 04, 2010
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into tulip

A: Hazy red body, with a shallow off white head. Very little lacing. Low level of carbonation.

S: Subtle sour sweetness, with a bit of a low intensity in the overall character. Hints at grapes and cane sugar.

T/M: A nice creamy mouthfeel, that holds good amounts of candy sweetness. Sourness is not very profound, Dry and acidic flavor on the finish. Mouthfeel is left with a liquid candi coating. Sparkling, white wine and champagne flavors.

O: Overall this is a good and drinkable lambic, but high levels of sweetness are in question with the balance of the blending. None the less a good brew.

GDBEERMAN, Jul 26, 2011
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle.Flute glass (Timmermans). Enjoyed on mar´12. Brownish amber color,reddish to the light.Off white crown.Good retention.Herbal & floral fragancy,caramel malt & molasse aromas. Sour-acidic sweet upfront,tangerine notes.Mildy malty flavor masked by a gentle sugary sensation.Honey hues.Sparkling light body,medium-high carbonation. Sweet finish (tangerine,molasses & ripe apricot).Pleasant tartar aftertaste with a subtle apple skin touch. Sugary & citric flavors are incredible well balanced making a beer not cloying at all.Refreshing with an excellent drinkability.I love lambics but I´d always been reticent about the so call "sugar lambic".Now I´ve changed my mind then I will have many more like this.

GONZALOYANNA, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of JayQue
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Faro and I thought it was pretty good. I am not a big fan of sour beers and from what I have been reading, Lindemans beers are much sweeter than the styles call for....Works for me!!!

Poured from a foil covered 12 oz bottle that was both capped and corked into a "Bud Select" Busch Gardens tall flute glass. Appearance is good. Medium size delicately bubbly white head, nice clear light copper colored body and no lacing. Smell is fairly potent: Belgian candi sugar, sour fruit and a good bit of "funk".

Taste goes 2 ways: When cold - the sweetness overpowers the funk and tartness although all three are present. If you allow the beer to warm a bit, the sweetness is muted and the funk and tart taste are more prominent.

Mouthfeel is robust enough - definitely not watery but not heavy either. The tartness adds a crisp dimension, but I was expecting more carbonation as well.

Even though this is a low alcohol beer, it is a slow sipper based on strong flavors. I wouldn't see this as eminently drinkable in large quantities. a 12 oz'er is fine.

JayQue, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/25/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of green apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, light vinegar, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and candi sugar sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of green apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, light vinegar, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear, candi sugar, hay, straw, grass, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast and candi sugar sweetness; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness and after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very nice Faro Lambic style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast and candi sugar sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange brown hue with a tall off white head. Nice retention and leggy lace.

S: Lots of sweetness with hints of citrus, and sweet apple.

T: Sweet and sour real nice actually. Rock candy sweetness up front. Hints of sour lemon, green apple, and brown sugar malt.

M: Medium in body, nice sweet, tasty.

D: Good, It is one that should be shared, but it took care of it all by myself.

tpd975, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle: Purchased at Carrefour. This one pours a dark, hazy apple juice color. There was a small fizzy head that went away quickly, as did the carbonation. The aroma is a bit like sour apples. There are also some floral notes. It has a bit of a candy sweetness to it, along with a sour apple taste. Still, it finishes a bit dry. It is an interesting brew. It is also my first Faro, and will have to pursue others.

Boto, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of eric5bellies
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a slightly hazey copper colour with a head that dies quickly and laces.

S - Very earthy and slightly sweet.

T - Quite a sweet beginning that moves to a somewhat sourness.

M - Light body with medium carbonation

D - Very respectable Lambic without bells and whistles

eric5bellies, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear pale sienna color with reddish highlights. Produced a nice off-white head that dissipated after a minute or two to bubbles.

(S)- Very dry with a funky barnyard hay/straw. Has a light lemon/orange peel tartness at the end. A light vinegar/lactic acid aroma.

(T)- A lightly tart yet very sweet profile. Some dry hay/straw in there, but is mostly a fresh, crisp, tart sweetness overall.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A bit sweet in the middle, but otherwise a smooth beer despite the tartness/funk.

(D)- An interesting style, however, I think I prefer the lambic/gueze styles more. The sweetness certainly makes this smoother and easier on the palate, but it kills off the sourness I like plus the funk as well. Good, but could be more.

sweemzander, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of dfillius
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet
A: A very slight pop when corked. Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of off-white head with poor retention. High degree of fizziness seems to be par for the sour course. Brown liquid with red highlights - crystal clear.
S: Tart aroma leaps out of the bottle as soon as it is corked. Apple cider, and slight grain.
T: Rich, sweet, lightly tart. A bit too sweet. Earthy finish with a tart twinge. No off flavors and fairly solid.
M: Just shy of cloying. Lightly prickly. Syrupy. A bit of an expectorant.
O: Tasty, though a bit uninteresting. I'd order another and recommend to others. I won't buy regularly. Better than the other Lindeman's lambics.

dfillius, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Errto
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cork, cap, and foil covered bottle opens with a pfft and a slightly sour, funky aroma. Pours a dark amber, fairly translucent, with a reddish-white head. In the glass the aroma is sweet, fruity.

The taste starts of distinctly sweet. Halfway through the sourness begins to kick in and there's a pang of something sharp, almost like a spice, that sort of shoots through your mouth. As it warms, the Brett really comes through more along with a sort of "grainy" flavor. Carbonation is strong, but nonetheless this beer really coats the tongue in the finish.

Oddly refreshing in the same way that lemonade can be refreshing. But that tongue-coating effect would prevent me from having more than one.

Errto, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of clickpush
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Without a cork screw I sacrificed two house keys... finally got the bottle open with my tooth brush... Orangy copper liquid capped by large, rocky head. Head descends relatively quickly to solid cap of lace and sticks to glass all the way down. Moderate appearance of carbonation in beer.

Nose: Sweet candi sugar meets, malty, Scottish ale type aroma, plus citrus dish detergent plus tart citrus meets hay stacks type thing.

Mouth: Excellent creamy mouthfeel exploits rich malty flavors contributed by the extra sugar combining with lightly acidic, enjoyable fruity flavors. Lingering chewy feel. Tongue is coated by an array of flavors reminiscent of ginger ale.

Nice drinking beer. Could benefit from being two notches drier, IMO, but very good beer!

clickpush, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of armock
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves spotty lacing

S - Is very sweet and slightly tart

T - This is like drinking sweet and tart sugar water the Belgian candi sugar must barely be dissolved in this beer starts off sweet then finishes with some tartness

M - This beer has a full body with medium carbonation to it

D - As with most of the Lindemans beer I've had the sweetness is overdone but compared to the other faro I've had that seems to be part of the style either way I like this beer its worth a try if you see it

armock, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Whip-in in Austin while I was passing through Austin. I took this beer camping and babysat it the whole time so I could try it today. Here we go!

Appearance: There was no real off-gas when the cap or the cork was pulled, but there are some bubbles rising to keep a tiny island of head in the middle of my tulip glass. The beer itself is a slightly cloudy burnt copper color with no lace to speak of when swirling. The bubbles are small and off-white in color.

Aroma: I initially got a little more funk than I did in subsequent sniffs. The beer does have a defined wild character with some dark fruit being the primary component in the very cold beer. I get a bit of syrupy sweetness which is what I guess makes this a Faro...it is almost like a dark caramel flavoring that you get is some "Amber" beers the commercial breweries produce.

Taste: The flavor is pretty well balanced with any funk being reserved to the sweetness. I am not getting so much of a caramel sweetness like I did in the aroma, but now it is more like a Demerrara sugar syrup or something. The sweetness is a really big player in the flavor and actually leads the beer into the finish. There is no alcohol noticeable at any time here, and the reserved carbonation makes the syrupy sweetness come across the palate rather heavy. It is light to medium bodied and you can pick up every bit of it when sipping.

Opinion: Well, this is an OK beer. I would have liked it to have some more carbonation so that it would slip across the palate a little easier. As it is, the beer stays syrupy and the lambic character is really reserved. I will keep sipping it as it warms, but I will stick to the Gueuze.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Jimmys
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355mL into long-stemmed tulip.

A: bright orange. i had a slightly shitty pour here and dumped some bottom dregs in my glass, but otherwise clear. head starts billowy but recedes down. nice lacing.

S: brown sugar. definitely some cherry aroma. reminds me of the juice in the cherry jar when you put the top.

T: starts a little acidic. just a twang. any acidity is pushed aside by a barrage of sweetness. cherries. apple juice. the sweetness is very fruity, very sharp.

M: a little more mild than a champagne, but still pretty aptly carbonated. the slightly sour aspect makes a tingly sensation on the tip of my tongue. light bodied.

D: i have been waiting to try an example of this style for a while now. not super easy to find. very sweet, very nice sipping beer. i would love to have a few of these side by side and see where else this style can go.

Jimmys, Jan 24, 2012
Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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